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Fancy a day at the races? See below.    ☀️Shotesham☀️Summer☀️Fayre☀️- full programme now published.

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Laura and Raz Woolacott are again hosting two girls from Belarus as part of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline project. They would like to pass on their sincere thanks for all the input from Shotesham residents last year, and once more would like our help with clothing, medicines and donations. For details of how to help email razwoolacott@gmail.com

THE BIG BREAKFAST on Sunday 18th was a great success and raised an incredible amount of £745 for the Chernobyl Children’s Helpline. Many thanks to everyone for their generosity and to Raz and Laura who organised such a successful community get together, which was enjoyed by all.

Info for all users of Shotesham Common. The Common hasn’t look so good, with new bridges, defined paths and dry areas for walking end to end, not to mention owls, herons and (I’m told) kingfishers, and lots of wild flowers. The cows are out, and very friendly,  a lovely walk in the sun but watch out for ‘country pancakes’!   

Anglian Water are running a campaign to find and register properties that have a private pumping station with the aim of taking over the maintenance and running costs. If you have one of these, please click here for more info and how to register.

Many thanks from Lesley to everyone who visited her Open Studio, browsers, enthusiasts and buyers alike, over the course of an enjoyable and successful couple of weeks. Upcoming events:

Good turn out for our walk on 8th, 11 humans and 5 dogs, 2 of which disappeared from time to time (dogs not humans!) but we all ended up together, it didn’t rain and we didn’t get lost…what more could you ask for? Next walk planned for July 2nd, see diary for details. Also in the planning  is an evening walk with Fish and Chips and a beer in Southward on the evening of Thursday 13th July, if you’re interested please contact Jan on 550348 or janjeeves@btinternet.com 

View from the bridge.

☀️Shotesham☀️Summer☀️Fayre☀️ – Saturday July 8th. This year’s Fayre is designed with families in mind, with some old favourites & new events and activities for children of all ages! See the Fayre Programme here. But we do need your help with marquees and tents before and after the Fayre, if you can offer assistance with this or in any other way, please contact razwoolacott@gmail.com. As per the programme, there will be a Fish and Chip van available but tickets for this will need to be bought in advance from Christine Howes on 55845 or Ken Munro on 07880801674. 

Fun of the Fayre, 2016

Our Conservation Group is back in action over the summer with some hardy souls braving the weather to collect wild flower seeds on 17th May for drying and replanting in various areas. Other programmed events for the group will be:

Church Hill rake up on Sat 29th July from 9.30am; St Mary’s & St Martin’s Churchyards on Sat 19th Aug from 9.30m; and 3 Ponds Meadow, cutting and raking on Sats 16th and 23rd Sept from 9.30am. Refreshments and tools will be provided, please wear suitable footwear and gloves. Many hands always make the work lighter, so please help out where you can.  For further information contact Bernie Fenn 558407 or floracot@btinternet.com. Look out for further dates in the autumn for sessions at Stubbs Green and the Village Pond. 

Other events being planned/considered are, a Children’s Nature Walk, an impromptu picnic (weather dependant), a wine tasting evening and a possible day at the races. If you fancy a flutter with a horse or dog racing trip to Yarmouth please contact me – resotan@aol.com – so we can gauge interest. Cost, including transport, around £35 per head. 

Out & about in Norfolk…

On Sat June 17th from 7 – 11pm there will be a Ceilidh at Hall Farm, The Green, Saxlingham, with Hog Roast, Ceilidh Band, Bar and Raffle. Tickets are £12.50 each from Carolyn on 01508498747 or familyrush@hotmail.com

Public Safety Warning. As police respond to the national terror threat level recently being raised to Critical (now reduced to severe) Norfolk’s chief police officer has urged people to go about their daily business, while being alert to suspicious activity. Click here for full details and Q&A 

Our local policeman is PC 1200 Stu Sansbury who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Stu can be contacted on;

• Direct Dial to Poringland PS: 01603 276207  

Silhouette 30/04/17; click on photo for more. 

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